Yesterday me and my husband were talking about whether or not we will do "Santa" with our kids. Both of our parents did it with us, but my parents didn't do it with my youngest sister(Im 13 years older). They believed that it was a lie, and they didn't want do that to her. I totally understand that viewpoint. And because of that, we have thought long and hard about this.
I asked him how he found out that Santa wasn't real, and he said he just kind of figured it out when he was 8 or 9. Was he traumatized? No. Did he feel betrayed? No.
He asked me how I found out about it, and I told him I found out when I was 4 or 5. I remember going to school on St Patricks day, and when we were at lunch when the "leprechauns" visited our classroom and there were tiny green footprints all over our classroom! I was so excited!! When I went home, I seriously couldn't believe that there were leprechauns! Of course thats when my mom started to feel guilty, and spilled the beans about all the childhood icons. She went through the list and told me, "There is no such thing as leprechauns, the easter bunny, tooth fairy, or Santa." She said she just felt so guilty.
Well the joke was on them, because that next Christmas I looked out the window and I kid you not. Santa was across the street on the neighbors roof!! I freaked! That happened to be the Christmas that the church blessed our family (who couldn't afford a Christmas) with a huge amount of gifts. I have never seen so many presents in my life! My parents kept telling me that it wasn't Santa, it was some parent dressed up. But I spent that Christmas with a little bit of hope that Santa was indeed real. I am not sure if I ended up believing my parents, or just figured out. But I decided that finding out Santa wasn't real wasn't too traumatizing not to do this with my kids. And I can't wait.
What about you? What is your view on that? Do you plan on "doing Santa" with your kids?